The Everton and England goalkeeper received anonymous calls in recent days after the play in which he seriously injured the Liverpool defender.
Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford, one of the top leaders in the English Premier League, and his wife were threatened with death after the unfortunate play in which he ruptured the ligaments in the right knee of Dutch defender Virgil Van Dijk , from Liverpool. And the fear caused by the messages was so great that he had to hire a bodyguard.
What happened? The 2-2 between Everton and Liverpool, the city’s classic, resulted in the serious injury to Van Dijk that occurred after a very violent tackle by Pickford in a play that was later canceled by offside. The man from Everton and the English national team not only escaped from taking a rude penalty, but did not even receive a punishment.
That altered the spirits of Liverpool fans. And the anger reached unsuspected limits: Pickford and his family were threatened through social networks.
Both players are living a nightmare for these hours. While the Liverpool defender has already started the recovery that will involve between 6 and 8 months of inactivity, the Everton goalkeeper is in shock for fear that something bad will happen to him or his family.
Hence the decision to hire a private custodian who, in addition to guarding his home, will accompany his wife and child when they leave the home. Merseyside Police confirmed they are investigating the origin of the threats while seeking to identify those responsible.